One Year Ago: The First State Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

One year ago today I joined Utah Governor Herbert and other allies at the historic signing of the first state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Dawn Hawkins (NCOSE) speaking at the Utah resolution signing ceremony

Since then, South Dakota and Arkansas have passed the resolution, and it is being considered right now in half a dozen additional states.

Even the Canadian Parliament passed a Motion to study the public health impacts of pornography.

The Israeli Knesset is considering formal statements, and New Zealand activists are petitioning their government to address the harms of pornography.

This public health resolution has sparked an international debate—talk about a domino effect.

Even the media has been covering the public health impacts of pornography. Time Magazine and many other prominent outlets are finally starting to recognize the research.

The GOP included language recognizing the harms of pornography in their party platform, and

many Democrats on Capitol Hill have agreed that this matter needs to be addressed. This is a bipartisan issue.

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2) Contribute to our public health campaign to support efforts to educate more states and countries about the neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography. Donate $10, $20, $30, or any amount you can.

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The Numbers


NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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